A cycle ride to Pocklington
Diary entry: Mrs Bailey was visiting a friend today so I stretched a pass out and sneaked in a 60-mile ride to Pocklington. The last time I rode there I got a lift back from Patrick after the loop we rode that day. I hadn't intended to cycle so far, and felt that I had to do two hours of gardening chores as penance when I got home. An enjoyable ride in very warm – a bit too warm for me – August sunshine.
I didn't set off until 10.15am and headed roughly north from Cottingham, not sure where I would go, but keen to put miles between myself and home. I thought Lund would make a nice lunch stop, but I arrived just after 11.30 and it was clear the pub there wouldn't be opening today. Out west towards Warter, along the B1246, a first for me (and the last: before a rewarding descent towards Kilnwick Percy I found myself unexpectedly facing a 12% incline – on a gravelly bend – with a double decker bus held up behind me). The World Peace Cafe only opens between Wednesday and Sunday, I now know. And to visit the cafe at Burnby Hall Gardens, it seems, is £4.95 just to get in to the grounds, and cycles are not allowed! So back to Pocklington for a pricey deli lunch at a table outside in scorching sunshine. Perversely, I almost didn't bother to get my water bottle filled up before heading towards Market Weighton via Burnby and Londesborough.
I had needed something to eat after feeling a little flat several miles in to the ride. I hadn't eaten much since a lunch yesterday that didn't agree with me. I've been trying to stay on the large chainwheel as much as possible lately, especially now I am wearing SPD SL cleats that seem to help. Except that my feet have got painfully hot towards the end of the last two rides I've worn them. Today I took my shoes off and poured water from my bottle on the soles of my feet. I couldn't get up Trundlegate without using the inner chain ring on my triple chainset. It's only a category 5 hill according to MapMyRide.com, but I doubt whether I will be able to get up it on a 39T chain ring ever again.
I don't know why, but this townie enjoys seeing agricultural scenes like those at the top of this post when I'm out and about. A good ride today.